Delinquent contractors to face legal proceedings – Attorney General warns

Government-contracted companies in breach of their contractual obligations will face stern legal implications since the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration has taken the position to penalise delinquent contractors.

This decision was approved by the Cabinet during its recent meeting on Thursday last.

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) has been tasked with identifying companies that have failed to perform, after which, their names will be forwarded to the Attorney General’s Chambers for further action.

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Mohabir Anil Nandlall, SC

According to Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Mohabir Anil Nandlall, SC, when a project is stalled, it deeply affects the administration’s infrastructure development.

He was at the time addressing several matters during his weekly televised programme ‘Issues in the News’ aired Tuesday evening.

“The Attorney General’s Chambers has received firm instructions, to first notify the delinquent contractors and demand from them, liquidated damages where the contract so permits and to sue for breach of contract. We cannot continue to have contractors not discharging their contractual obligations in accordance with the contractual specifications,” Minister Nandlall expressed.

Government, he added, will not tolerate substandard work when billions of dollars are being expended to offset the administration’s aggressive infrastructural development agenda.

“Contractors who are performing well and are discharging their contractual obligations have no reason to worry. The delinquent ones, however, that delinquency will attract certain legal consequences and the government intends to move strongly and swiftly in that direction,” he stated.

Since taking office in 2020, the administration has terminated several multi-million-dollar contracts due to several breaches by contractors. The government is also filing civil legal proceedings against delinquent motorists who destroy public property by dangerous driving, seeking compensation worth millions of dollars. Troy Humphrey, who caused damages to the recently commissioned Eccles/Haags Bosch roundabout, is the first civilian to face legal proceedings filed by the state.